Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass 01
Author: Sarah Maas
Release Date: 07 August 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Paperback – QBD Bookstore
Rating: 4/5 stars
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Throne of Glass is the first of Sarah Maas’s Throne of Glass series. Maas wrote the first version of this book when she was just sixteen.
This book starts with Chaol – one of the love interests, Prince Dorian being the other – collecting Celaena from Endovier, a slave camp she had been locked in for the past year. Prince Dorian and Chaol collected Celaena to offer the chance to become the Prince’s Champion and to compete in contest for him put on by the King. The contest is to determine the next King’s Champion, essentially someone to do the King’s dirty work, threats, assassinations and that sought of thing.
One thing that I did find annoying throughout the book is that Celaena’s voice didn’t really flow very well with what Maas is attempting to portray. One minute she would be the feared and legendary assassin and the next she would be a young girl with her first crush. She goes from threatening the Prince to being a flirty young girl daydreaming about how the Prince is looking at her. It is also a bit confusing that throughout the book it is unclear about if Celaena is more of an assassin or a Robin Hood type figure.
The book progresses well with the mysterious deaths and strange people Celaena is meeting. I thought the magic/mystic aspect of the various mysteries in the castle flowed properly, and it all makes sense as Celaena is learning about it and trying to figure everything out. The romance aspect also progresses nicely. Celaena has two very different relationships with Chaol and Dorian.
The end of the book clearly allows for more books (the series is currently up to book six) but also doesn’t leave a huge cliff-hanger, which is awesome – I hate when an author leaves a huge cliff-hanger. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.